|Sheila, Baron Baptiste, Jen, Sarah|
The Inquiry & The Discovery
In the afternoon session, Baron asked us two questions:
- What would my future look like (physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually) if I did nothing different from what I'm doing now?
- What's missing from my life right now that I could bring in, which would make a huge difference in empowering me and bringing me new energy?
- Best case, nothing changes, or my life further contracts. All my striving, trying, and doing continues to add to my stress level.
- Lightness, joy, spontaneity, connection / contact, peace, courage, surrender / release, vulnerability, softness, openness.
He also suggested that the how was by simply "being a yes" (one of the three themes of Baptiste's training). "Being a yes" means discovering what's important to you, and then committing to making choices that align with that--i.e. observing yourself, saying "yes" to the thoughts and actions that support your "true North alignment, and "no" to the things that don't.
Fresh, Open Space: in Handstand!?
Over the years, I've been in several supportive yoga studio environments where people have encouraged me to try handstand. I never trusted another human being (or myself) enough to do it.
But that all changed yesterday, as opened to the courage I needed to face my fear, to the loving support of Sheila and Sarah, and to the possibility that I might actually be able to do handstand. Throughout the day, I must have done about 10 supported handstands! Not only did I enjoy it, but I felt empowered, and so proud of myself for such creating space and openness in my body and mind.
Now, It's Your Turn
How would you answer the two questions Baron posed? How might being more open in your life, right now, benefit you? I'd love to hear from you about your journey.